December 29, 2010

Meachem injured in collision with photographer; Saints skip practice

Because of the shortened prep week going into the season finale, the Saints did not hold practice on Wednesday.  Instead, they provided the league an estimation of players that would have practiced, been limited, or sat out.

WR Robert Meachem would have practiced on Wednesday, according to the Saints, despite suffering a toe injury after Monday night's game when he collided with a photographer.

Saints HC Sean Payton was displeased with how it happened, providing this on Tuesday:

"I think [Meachem]’s going to be fine. You can make any type of light of it that you want, but there’s an issue though. I have an issue when there’s free reign," Payton said, referring to the freedom photographers and other non-football personnel have to move around the gameday field.

"You guys recall the preseason game in where the Titans mascot ran over our quarterback in our first preseason game in ’06. The guy running around on the four-wheeler who has no restrictions at all," Payton said, referring to the season-ending injury sustained by then-backup QB Adrian McPherson before a preseason game in Nashville in August 2006.

"So everyone wants the picture; everyone wants the shot. You have a guy that’s backing up and falling over a player and I have an issue with that. I think he’s going to be fine. He got treatment today and we’ll see where he’s at," Payton said on Tuesday.

The Saints are expected to be back at practice on Thursday.

Listed as out of a theoretical practice on Wednesday were WR Marques Colston (knee), DT Anthony Hargrove (knee), TE Jeremy Shockey (groin), TE David Thomas (minor knee surgery) and LB Anthony Waters (lingering minor ankle injury).

RB Reggie Bush (sternoclavicular joint strain), RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) and DE Jimmy Wilkerson (foot) were listed as "limited".

Bush had an MRI on his collarbone on Tuesday to confirm that his injury was not serious.  He has a strain to the sternoclavicular joint in his chest, a similar injury to one that Brett Favre suffered earlier this month.  Bush is expected to be able to play through the pain.

More good news is that WR Courtney Roby was listed as "full" on Wednesday, though again, the Saints did not hold practice.  Roby has been out since suffering a concussion against the Rams.

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